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Idrissa Akuna "Idris" Elba OBE (/ˈɪdrɪs ˈɛlbə/, born 6 September 1972)[2] is an English actor, producer, musician, and DJ.[3][4] He is best known for playing DCI John Luther on the BBC One
BBC One
series Luther as well as the narcotrafficker Stringer Bell
Stringer Bell
in the HBO
HBO
series The Wire,[5] and Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013). He has been nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, winning one, and was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award.[6][7] Elba appeared in Ridley Scott's American Gangster (2007), Takers (2010), Thor
Thor
(2011), and its sequels Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017). He was also in Prometheus (2012), Pacific Rim (2013), Beasts of No Nation (2015), for which he received BAFTA
BAFTA
and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor, and Molly's Game (2017). In 2016, he voiced Chief Bogo in Zootopia, Shere Khan
Shere Khan
in The Jungle Book, Fluke in Finding Dory
Finding Dory
and played the role of Krall in Star Trek Beyond. He will make his directorial debut with an adaptation of the 1992 novel Yardie by Victor Headley.[8] In addition to his acting work, Elba is a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis (or Big Driis the Londoner) and a hip hop and soul musician.[9] In 2016, he was named in the Time 100
Time 100
list of the Most Influential People in the World.[10]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Acting career

2.1 Television 2.2 Film

3 Music career 4 Other work 5 Personal life 6 Awards and honours 7 Filmography

7.1 Film 7.2 Television 7.3 Video games 7.4 Music videos

8 Discography 9 Awards and nominations 10 References 11 External links

Early life[edit] An only child, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born on 6 September 1972 in Hackney, London.[11] His paternal grandfather, Moses, was a sailor and a policeman.[12] His father, Winston, was a Sierra Leonean and worked in the Ford motor factory at Dagenham, and his mother, Eve, was a Ghanaian.[13] Elba's parents were married in Sierra Leone and later moved to London.[14] Elba was brought up in Hackney[13] and East Ham,[15] and shortened his first name from Idrissa to "Idris" at school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. He credits The Stage with giving him his first big break; having seen an advertisement for a play in a newspaper, Elba auditioned and met his first agent while performing in the role.[16] In 1986, he began helping an uncle with his wedding DJ business; within a year, he had started his own DJ company with some of his friends.[2] Elba left school in 1988, and won a place in the National Youth Music Theatre thanks to a £1,500 Prince's Trust grant.[17] His first acting role was in Crimewatch
Crimewatch
murder reconstructions. To support himself between roles in Crimewatch
Crimewatch
reconstructions, he worked in jobs such as tyre-fitting, cold call advertising sales, and working night shifts at Ford Dagenham.[18] He was working in nightclubs, under the DJ nickname "Big Driis", aged nineteen, but began auditioning for television roles in his early twenties.[2] Acting career[edit] Television[edit] In 1995, Elba landed his first significant role on a series called Bramwell, a medical drama set in 1890s England. He played a central character in an episode of Season 1, an African petty thief named Charlie Carter, who lost his (white) wife to childbirth and had to figure out how to support his newborn daughter. His first named role arrived earlier in 1995, when he was cast as a gigolo on the "Sex" episode of Absolutely Fabulous. Many supporting roles on British television followed, including series such as The Bill
The Bill
and The Ruth Rendell Mysteries. He joined the cast of the soap opera Family Affairs[2] and went on to appear on the television serial Ultraviolet and later on Dangerfield.[19] He decided to move to New York City
New York City
soon after.[2] He returned to England
England
occasionally for a television role, such as a part in one of the Inspector Lynley Mysteries. In 2001, Elba played Achilles in a stage production of Troilus and Cressida
Troilus and Cressida
in New York City.[2] After a supporting turn on a 2001 episode of Law & Order, Elba landed a starring role on the 2002 HBO
HBO
drama series The Wire. From 2002 to 2004, Elba portrayed Russell "Stringer" Bell in the series, perhaps his best-known role in the United States. In 2005, he portrayed Captain Augustin Muganza in Sometimes in April, an HBO
HBO
film about the Rwandan Genocide. Elba appeared on the 2007 BET
BET
special Black Men: The Truth.[20] He appeared as Charlie Gotso on The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, filmed in Botswana.[21] The series premiered on 23 March 2008, Easter Sunday, on BBC
BBC
One, receiving a high 6.3 million viewers and 27% of the audience share.[22] In January 2009, it was reported per Variety that Elba would portray Charles Miner, a new rival to Dunder Mifflin regional manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell) for NBC's The Office.[21] Elba appeared in a six-episode story arc later in the 2009 season as well as the season finale.[21] In September 2009, he signed a deal to star as the lead role on the six-part BBC
BBC
television series Luther, which aired in May 2010.[7] He appeared on Showtime's The Big C in 2010.[23] At the 69th Golden Globe Awards telecast on 15 January 2012, Elba won the Award for Best Actor in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television for his role on the BBC
BBC
crime thriller series Luther.[7] Film[edit]

Elba (back row, centre) with the cast of RocknRolla
RocknRolla
at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival

In 2007, Elba signed on as the lead role of the film Daddy's Little Girls, playing Monty, a blue-collar mechanic who falls in love with an attorney helping him gain custody of his kids, and finds the relationship and his custody hopes threatened by the return of his former wife. He appeared in 28 Weeks Later
28 Weeks Later
(2007) and This Christmas (2007), which brought in nearly $50 million at the box office in 2007.[24][25] In 2008, he starred in the horror film Prom Night and the criminal comedy RocknRolla.[24] In 2009, he starred in the horror film The Unborn and in Obsessed, a thriller that had him cast opposite Beyoncé.[26] The latter was a box office success, taking $29 million in its opening weekend.[27] Elba's next film was Legacy (2010),[28] in which he portrayed a black ops soldier who returns to Brooklyn after a failed mission in Eastern Europe, where he has undertaken a journey looking for retribution.[28] He starred in Dark Castle's adaptation of DC/Vertigo's The Losers, under the direction of Sylvain White, in the role of Roque, the second-in-command of a black-ops team out for revenge against a government that did them wrong.[29] Filming took place in Puerto Rico and the movie was released in April 2010.[30] Elba appeared in the thriller Takers
Takers
(2010). He played Heimdall in Kenneth Branagh's film Thor
Thor
(2011) (based on the Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics
superhero of the same name).[31] In August 2010, Elba signed up to portray the title character in a reboot of James Patterson's Alex Cross
Alex Cross
film franchise.[23] However, in February 2011, he was replaced by Tyler Perry.[32] In Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011), the sequel to Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider
(2007), Elba played an alcoholic warrior monk tasked with finding the title character.[33] In February 2012, Elba confirmed that he would portray Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which is based on his autobiography.[34] As part of his preparation for the role, Elba spent a night locked in a cell alone on Robben Island, where Mandela
Mandela
had been imprisoned.[35] His performance earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. In June 2012, Elba portrayed Captain Janek in Ridley Scott's Prometheus.[36] He joined the cast of the film Pacific Rim (2013) in the role of Stacker Pentecost.[37] In January 2014, he confirmed that he would be starring in a film adaptation of Luther.[38] In 2014, he starred in No Good Deed as a vengeful psychopathic serial killer. In 2015, Elba appeared as Heimdall in the superhero blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, directed by Joss Whedon. Elba also starred alongside Abraham Attah
Abraham Attah
in the film Beasts of No Nation which premiered in select theaters and on Netflix. He earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture as well as a BAFTA Award
BAFTA Award
nomination for Supporting Actor in the Film category. In 2016, he had several voice roles: the cape buffalo chief of police, Chief Bogo, in Disney's Zootopia, alongside Ginnifer Goodwin
Ginnifer Goodwin
and Jason Bateman; villainous tiger Shere Khan
Shere Khan
in The Jungle Book (2016), a live-action remake of the animated 1967 film of the same name; and Pixar's Finding Dory, alongside Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres
and Albert Brooks, both reprising their roles from Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo
(2003). Also that year, he played the main antagonist, Krall, in the sequel Star Trek Beyond. In 2017, he played Roland Deschain
Roland Deschain
in the Stephen King film adaptation The Dark Tower,[39] and starred in Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut Molly's Game, alongside Jessica Chastain. Music career[edit]

Elba at the American Music Awards
American Music Awards
in 2007

Elba has appeared in music videos for Fat Joe
Fat Joe
(2002),[40] Angie Stone (2004)[41] and rapper Giggs (2010).[42] In 2006, he recorded the four-song EP Big Man for Hevlar Records. He co-produced and performed on the intro to Jay-Z's album American Gangster (2007).[43] He DJed at the 2007 NBA
NBA
All Star parties at The Venetian and Ice House Lounge in Las Vegas.[44] In July 2009, Elba was the DJ for BET's current series Rising Icons.[45] Elba announced the release of his first single "Please Be True."[46] In the August 2009 issue of Essence magazine, he announced the name of his six-song EP as Kings Among Kings.[47] He released his EP High Class Problems Vol. 1 in the United Kingdom in February 2010, for which he has won many prizes including a Billboard Music Awards nomination.[48] In 2011, he performed on the intro to Pharoahe Monch's album W.A.R.. The following year, he co-directed and performed in the Mumford & Sons music video for "Lover of the Light".[49] In 2014, he produced K. Michelle's "The Rebellious Soul Musical" which debuted on VH1
VH1
on 19 August 2014.[50] In May, Elba featured on Mr Hudson's single "Step Into the Shadows". Mr Hudson
Mr Hudson
also produced his album Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Presents mi Mandela, which was released in November 2014.[51][52] He also featured on the remix of Ghanaian music group, VVIP's single "selfie" together with Nigerian rapper Phyno
Phyno
released on 12 September 2014 and video released on YouTube
YouTube
on 11 April 2015. Elba performed a rap for the second album by Noel Fielding
Noel Fielding
and Sergio Pizzorno's band, the Loose Tapestries.[53] Elba also rapped in a remix of Skepta's "Shutdown" which was uploaded on 1 June 2015 to SoundCloud.[54] On 17 August, a song was released on which Elba appeared on Nigerian singer D'banj's single "Confidential", featuring Sierra Leonean rapper Shadow Boxer with the video uploaded to YouTube on 20 August. In November 2015, Elba opened for Madonna during her Rebel Heart Tour
Rebel Heart Tour
in Berlin, Germany. Elba is also featured on the Macklemore
Macklemore
& Ryan Lewis album This Unruly Mess I've Made
This Unruly Mess I've Made
(2016). Other work[edit]

Elba with a British cabinet minister - Justine Greening
Justine Greening
- at a meeting with diaspora representatives at the 'Defeating Ebola in Sierra Leone' conference in London, October 2014

In October 2014, Elba presented the series Journey Dot Africa with Idris Elba
Idris Elba
on BBC
BBC
Radio 2, exploring all types of African music.[55] Elba has also featured in various television commercials for Sky box-sets in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.[56] Elba has collaborated with the UK Parliament in their efforts to eradicate Ebola from West Africa, working alongside the UK Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening
Justine Greening
in 2014. Elba has created a collaboration with British fashion label Superdry, which launched at the end of November 2015.[57] Elba hosted The Best FIFA Football Awards 2017
The Best FIFA Football Awards 2017
at the London
London
Palladium on 23 October 2017. During the show he took a selfie of "the best team in the world" which included Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
and Neymar.[58] Personal life[edit] The Prince's Trust, a UK youth charity which Elba credits with helping to start his career, appointed him its Anti-crime Ambassador in April 2009.[59] In July 2010, he announced his support for Oona King
Oona King
in her campaign to become the Labour Party candidate for Mayor of London
London
in 2012.[60] After dating since 2013, Elba's girlfriend Naiyana Garth gave birth to their son Winston Elba in 2014.[61][62] On religion, Elba states that he is "spiritual but not religious", clarifying: "...I'm not a religious man in that sense. I call myself a spiritual being, if you like."[63][64] Elba became engaged to girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre on 10 February 2018, during a screening of his film Yardie, at an East London
London
cinema.[65] The pair had been dating since early 2017.[66] Elba is an avid fan of Premier League
Premier League
football club Arsenal F.C.[67] As part of his Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel
miniseries Idris Elba: No Limits, he broke the course record land speed "Flying Mile" for the Pendine Sands.[68] Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel
produced a second documentary, Idris Elba: Fighter, chronicling Elba's 12-month kickboxing and mixed martial arts training[69] under Muay Thai
Muay Thai
coach Kieran Keddle,[70] culminating in Elba's first professional kickboxing fight–and win–against Lionel Graves, a younger, more experienced Dutch opponent, at London's York Hall.[71][72] Awards and honours[edit] Elba was selected as one of People's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World in May 2007.[73] He was named Essence's annual 2013 Sexiest Man of the Year[74] and was also ranked No. 2 in People's annual Sexiest Man Alive in 2013.[75] In October 2014, Elba was presented with a MOBO Inspiration Award.[76] In 2015, he was named one of GQ magazine's 50 best-dressed British men.[77] Elba was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours
2016 New Year Honours
for services to drama.[78][79] In 2017, Idris won the male title for the "Rear of the Year" award in Britain.[80] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes

1999 Belle maman Grégoire Gabriel Aghion

2000 Sorted Jam Alexander Jovy

2001 Buffalo Soldiers Kimborough Gregor Jordan

2003 One Love Aaron Rick Elgood Don Letts

2005 The Gospel Charles Frank Rob Hardy

Sometimes in April Augustin Raoul Peck

2007 Daddy's Little Girls Monty James Tyler Perry

The Reaping Ben Stephen Hopkins

28 Weeks Later General Stone Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

American Gangster Tango Ridley Scott

This Christmas Quentin Whitfield Preston A. Whitmore II

2008 Prom Night Detective Winn Nelson McCormick

RocknRolla Mumbles Guy Ritchie

The Human Contract Larry Jada Pinkett Smith

2009 The Unborn Arthur Wyndham David S. Goyer

Obsessed Derek Charles Steve Shill

2010 Legacy Malcolm Gray Thomas Ikimi Executive producer

The Losers Roque Sylvain White

Takers Gordon Cozier John Luessenhop

2011 Thor Heimdall Kenneth Branagh

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Moreau Neveldine/Taylor

2012 Prometheus Captain Janek Ridley Scott

2013 Pacific Rim Stacker Pentecost Guillermo del Toro

Thor: The Dark World Heimdall Alan Taylor

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela Justin Chadwick

2014 No Good Deed Colin Evans Sam Miller Executive producer

Second Coming Mark Debbie Tucker Green

2015 The Gunman DuPont Pierre Morel

Avengers: Age of Ultron Heimdall Joss Whedon

Beasts of No Nation Commandant Cary Joji Fukunaga

2016 Zootopia Chief Bogo (voice) Byron Howard Rich Moore

The Jungle Book Shere Khan
Shere Khan
(voice) Jon Favreau

Bastille Day Sean Briar James Watkins

Finding Dory Fluke (voice) Andrew Stanton

100 Streets Max Jim O'Hanlon

Star Trek Beyond Krall / Balthazar Edison Justin Lin

2017 The Dark Tower Roland Deschain Nikolaj Arcel

Molly's Game Charlie Jaffey Aaron Sorkin

The Mountain Between Us Dr. Ben Bass Hany Abu-Assad

Thor: Ragnarok Heimdall Taika Waititi

2018 Yardie

Himself

Avengers: Infinity War Heimdall Anthony & Joe Russo

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1994 2point4 Children Parachute Instructor Episode: "Fortuosity"

Space Precinct Pizza Delivery Man Episode: "Double Duty"

1994–1995 The Bill Earl Lee / Alex Mason 2 episodes

1995 Absolutely Fabulous Hilton Episode: "Sex"

Bramwell Hilton Episode: "The Outcast's Baby"

1996 The Governor Officer Chiswick 6 episodes

Crocodile Shoes II Jo-Jo Episode: "Troubled Man"

The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Raffy / Pest Controller 4 episodes

1997 Family Affairs Tim Webster 7 episodes

Silent Witness Charlie Episode: "Blood, Sweat & Tears"

1998 Ultraviolet Vaughan Rice 6 episodes

1999 Dangerfield Matt Gregory 12 episodes

2000 In Defence PC Paul Fraser 1 episode

2001 London's Burning L/Cpl Richard Frost (Soldier) 2 episodes

Law & Order Lonnie Liston Episode: "3 Dawg Night"

2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Robert Gabriel Episode: "Payment in Blood"

Hack Mac Boone Episode: "My Alibi"

2002–2004 The Wire Russell "Stringer" Bell 37 episodes

2003 CSI: Miami Angelo Sedaris Episode: "The Best Defense"

Queens Supreme Carla Episode: "Mad About You"

Soul Food Smitty Episode: "Sacrifice Fly"

2005 Girlfriends Paul Episode: "All in a Panic"

Sometimes in April Augustin Muganza Television film

Jonny Zero Hodge Episode: "To Serve and to Protect"

2006 All in the Game Paul Television film

2008 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Charles Gotso Episode: "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"

2009 The Office Charles Miner 7 episodes

2010 The Big C Lenny 4 episodes

Walk Like a Panther

Executive producer

2010–present Luther DCI John Luther 16 episodes; also associate producer

2011 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Police Officer (voice) Episode: "Intervention"

How Hip Hop Changed the World

Executive producer

Demons Never Die

Executive producer

2012 Idris Elba's How Clubbing Changed the World Himself Host

2013 Idris Elba: King of Speed Himself Host

2013, 2015 Playhouse Presents Akuna's Father / Narrator Wrote and directed episode: "The Pavement Psychologist"

2015 Idris Elba: No Limits Himself Host

2017 Guerrilla Kentoro "Kent" Abbasi 6 episodes; also executive producer

Idris Elba: Fighter Himself Host; also executive producer

FIFA
FIFA
– The Best Awards 2017 Himself Host

2018 In The Long Run Walter Easmon Also creator

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 SFC "Truck"

2014 FIFA
FIFA
15 Voice in E3 Trailer

2016 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege Televised Advertisements

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Title Role Notes

2012 Mumford and Sons "Lover of the Light" Blind Man Co-director, producer

Giggs "Hustle On" Driver Producer

2014 K Michelle "Damn" N/A Director

2016 Macklemore "Dance Off" Himself Featuring Artist

Discography[edit]

Albums

2015: Murdah Loves John (The John Luther Character Album)

EPs

2006: Big Man 2009: Kings Among Kings 2010: High Class Problems Vol. 1 2014: Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Presents Mi Mandela

Mixtapes

2011: Merry DriisMas Holiday Mixtape

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Result

2005 The Gospel Black Reel Award for Best Actor Nominated

Sometimes in April Black Reel Award for Best Actor: T.V. Movie/Cable Nominated

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Nominated

2007 Daddy's Little Girls BET
BET
Award for Best Actor Nominated

American Gangster Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated

2008 This Christmas, American Gangster and 28 Weeks Later BET
BET
Award for Best Actor Nominated

2009 RocknRolla
RocknRolla
and The Unborn Nominated

Obsessed NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated

2010 The Losers BET
BET
Award for Best Actor Won

Takers Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble Nominated

Luther Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated

2011 Takers NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated

Takers
Takers
and Luther BET
BET
Award for Best Actor Won

Luther NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Won

The Big C Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated

Luther Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Won

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated

Satellite Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film Nominated

2012 Black Reel Award for Best Actor: T.V. Movie/Cable Won

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated

Thor, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Luther BET
BET
Award for Best Actor Nominated

2014 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Long Walk to Freedom
and Thor: The Dark World BET
BET
Award for Best Actor Nominated

Luther Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Won

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated

2015 Luther and No Good Deed BET
BET
Award for Best Actor Nominated

Beasts of No Nation Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Won

Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated

BAFTA Award
BAFTA Award
for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated

Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Nominated

Indiana Film Journalists Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated

Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male Won

Kermode Award for Best Actor Won

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Won

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated

Luther Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated

Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Won

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Won

2016 British Academy Television Award for Best Actor Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated

2017 The Jungle Book Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance Won

Black Reel Award for Outstanding Voice Performance Won

Zootopia Black Reel Award for Outstanding Voice Performance Nominated

Finding Dory Black Reel Award for Outstanding Voice Performance Nominated

Star Trek Beyond Kids' Choice Award
Kids' Choice Award
for Favorite Villain Nominated

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Directed Musical". The Urban Daily. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2015.  ^ " Idris Elba
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Idris Elba
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Awards for Idris Elba

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Britannia Awards

Excellence in Film

Albert R. Broccoli
Albert R. Broccoli
(1989) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1990) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1992) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1993) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1995) Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
(1996) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1997) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1998) Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
(1999) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2000) George Lucas
George Lucas
(2002) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(2003) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(2004) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(2005) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2006) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2007) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2008) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(2009) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2010) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2013) Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
(2014) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2015) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(2016) Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(2017)

Excellence in Directing

Peter Weir
Peter Weir
(2003) Jim Sheridan (2004) Mike Newell (2005) Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(2006) Martin Campbell
Martin Campbell
(2007) Stephen Frears
Stephen Frears
(2008) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2009) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) David Yates
David Yates
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2013) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2014) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(2015) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2016) Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay
(2017)

Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment

Howard Stringer
Howard Stringer
(2003) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(2009) Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott
& Tony Scott
Tony Scott
(2010) John Lasseter
John Lasseter
(2011) Will Wright (2012) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(2013) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2014) Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
(2015) Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
(2016) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2017)

British Artist of the Year

Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
(2006) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2007) Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton
(2008) Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt
(2009) Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen
(2010) Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter
(2011) Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
(2012) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
(2013) Emma Watson
Emma Watson
(2014) James Corden
James Corden
(2015) Felicity Jones
Felicity Jones
(2016) Claire Foy (2017)

Excellence in Comedy

Betty White
Betty White
(2010) Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
(2011) Trey Parker
Trey Parker
and Matt Stone
Matt Stone
(2012) Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
(2013) Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
(2014) Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer
(2015) Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
(2016) Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari
(2017)

Excellence in Television

Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
(1999) HBO
HBO
Original Programming (2002) Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
(2017)

Humanitarian Award

Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(2007) Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle
(2008) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2009) Idris Elba
Idris Elba
(2013) Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo
(2014) Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom
(2015) Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
(2016)

Retired Awards

BBC
BBC
(1999) Tarsem Singh
Tarsem Singh
(1999) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(2003) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2004) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(2005) Ronald Neame
Ronald Neame
(2005) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(2006) Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne (2007)

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Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries

Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
(2012) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2013) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(2014) David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
(2015) Idris Elba
Idris Elba
(2016) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2016) Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
(2017)

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Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film

Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
(1981) Anthony Andrews
Anthony Andrews
(1982) Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
(1983) Ted Danson
Ted Danson
(1984) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1985) James Woods
James Woods
(1986) Randy Quaid
Randy Quaid
(1987) Michael Caine/ Stacy Keach
Stacy Keach
(1988) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1989) James Garner
James Garner
(1990) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1991) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1992) James Garner
James Garner
(1993) Raúl Juliá
Raúl Juliá
(1994) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1995) Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1996) Ving Rhames (1997) Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci
(1998) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1999) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(2000) James Franco
James Franco
(2001) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2002) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2003) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2004) Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
(2005) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2006) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2007) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2008) Kevin Bacon
Kevin Bacon
(2009) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2010) Idris Elba
Idris Elba
(2011) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(2012) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2013) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(2014) Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac
(2015) Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston
(2016) Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
(2017)

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Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male

Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(1987) Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips
(1988) Max Perlich (1989) Bruce Davison
Bruce Davison
(1990) David Strathairn
David Strathairn
(1991) Steve Buscemi
Steve Buscemi
(1992) Christopher Lloyd
Christopher Lloyd
(1993) Chazz Palminteri
Chazz Palminteri
(1994) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(1995) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(1996) Jason Lee (1997) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(1998) Steve Zahn
Steve Zahn
(1999) Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe
(2000) Steve Buscemi
Steve Buscemi
(2001) Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid
(2002) Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
(2003) Thomas Haden Church
Thomas Haden Church
(2004) Matt Dillon
Matt Dillon
(2005) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(2006) Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
(2007) James Franco
James Franco
(2008) Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson
(2009) John Hawkes (2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
(2012) Jared Leto
Jared Leto
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Idris Elba
Idris Elba
(2015) Ben Foster
Ben Foster
(2016) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell
(2017)

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Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Martin Landau
Martin Landau
(1994) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(1995) Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
(1996) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1997) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1998) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1999) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2000) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(2001) Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken
(2002) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(2003) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2004) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2005) Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
(2006) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2007) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(2012) Jared Leto
Jared Leto
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Idris Elba
Idris Elba
(2015) Mahershala Ali
Mahershala Ali
(2016) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell
(2017)

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Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

Raúl Juliá
Raúl Juliá
(1994) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1995) Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1996) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1997) Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve
(1998) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1999) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(2000) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(2001) William H. Macy
William H. Macy
(2002) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2003) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2004) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(2005) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(2006) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(2007) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2008) Kevin Bacon
Kevin Bacon
(2009) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2010) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2011) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(2012) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2013) Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo
(2014) Idris Elba
Idris Elba
(2015) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2016) Alexander Skarsgård
Alexander Skarsgård
(2017)

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